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  • Spout
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    Finland Will Change the Way You Think about Documentary: DocPoint Takes Over NYC

    It’s a great year to be a lover of Nordic cinema, especially in New York City. Many of the best films at the Tribeca Film Festival were from Scandinavia and its environs, some of which will be getting released later this year (including my favorite of the festival, “Trollhunter” – see Christopher’s review here). And like “Trollhunter” many of the films are fascinating explorations of the line between reality and fiction. Yet while the Icelandic “Gnarr” and the Danish “The Good Life” both touch on the conflict between performance and the actual world, they’ve got nothing on the Finns.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    "Yelling To the Sky" At 2011 Black Harvest Film Fest; As For "The Interrupters" - Not So Fast

    Two more 2011 Black Harvest Film Festival additions were officially announced today - writer and director Victoria Mahoney's Yelling to the Sky, which made it's premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, with Zoe Kravtiz and Gabourey Sidibe starring; and an offbeat music documentary The Upsetter: The Life and Times of Lee "Scratch" Perry.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    How Come A Brother Always Has To Mess Things Up?

    This a little tale about how we... you know we meaning us... meaning black folks... perceive things so differently than them... you know, those people... you know white folks.

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  • The Playlist
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    Before Kanye Made It Cool, Judd Apatow Wanted A Bon Iver Track For 'Funny People'

    Oh snap Yeezy, it looks like you weren't the first one to cop to the Auto-tuned heartbreak of Bon Iver. If you're not familiar with the name Bon Iver or his face, you've heard his music. Kanye West tapped the sensitive Wisconsin singer-songwriter to assist on his latest album My Dark Twisted Fantasy sampling Bon Iver's track "Woods" on "Lost In The World" and the singer earned a co-writing credit on "Monster." But damn, Judd Apatow was on this Bon Iver cat way before Yeezy hepped to the noise.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Produced By Conference: ABC Showrunner Secrets, Casting by Twitter Followers

    Produced By Conference: ABC Showrunner Secrets, Casting by Twitter Followers

    This year, the Producer's Guild's annual Produced By Conference was held at the Disney Studio. On separate panels, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Smith disagreed on the future role of theaters and DVDs, while the conference advanced many producers' own agendas. Cari Beauchamp turned up for Saturday's revelatory ABC Showrunner panel: The crowds were bustling along Minnie Avenue and Dopey Drive as the Produced By Conference welcomed the international commission of film commissioners as first time co-sponsors. Booths from various countries and states were attracting attention, but inside the packed Sessions theater, you could have heard a pin drop as Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) Andrew Marlowe (Castle), Darren Star (Sex and the City, Beverly Hills 90210) and Damon Lindelof (Lost) sat on the stage to discuss their television programs. Billed as a conversation with ABC showrunners about developing and selling pilots and ensuring a series' "long term vitality," the hour and a half panel discussion moderated by Variety's Cynthia Littleton turned out to be more revelatory than that, giving an insiders' peek into the minutia and multitude of decisions required daily to nurse/cajole/prod a weekly television program to success.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Mekhi Phifer & Catherine Bell In Ernest Dickerson-Directed Lifetime Movie Tonight + Teaser

    Watch a sneak peek of the new Lifetime movie titled Last Man Standing, which premieres tonight, Monday, June 6, 8PM ET/PT.

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  • The Playlist
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    'Fifth Beatle' Biopic On Manager Brian Epstein Gets Financing & Secures Rights To Songs

    Competing biopics about famed Beatles manager Brian Epstein? It sure looks like it, but at least one production has taken a decisive step forward. As you might remember, way back in 2009, a film called "A Life In The Day" was said to be in the works. Producer David Permut ("Youth In Revolt") had acquired a Tony Gittelson-penned script about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein who discovered the band, went around to every A&R man in the U.K. to get them signed, eventually landing them a deal with Parlophone (at the time largely a comedy label) with their longtime producer George Martin and notoriously signed away Beatles likeness and merchandising rights in terrible deals that lost the band millions. He was also their rock, one of the few people the Beatles would listen to, and his death in 1967 of a drug overdose was a huge factor that directly lead to the band's break-up in 1969. But little did we know about "The Fifth Beatle."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For "The Magic City" Directed By Music Video Director R. Malcolm Jones

    Paul Hunter, McG, Tamara Davis, F.Gary Gray, Spike Jonze, Anton Corbijn, Mark Romanek, Floria Sigismondi, Anton Fuqua, Michel Gondry...if you haven't connected the dots already these are all feature film directors who honed their skills directing music videos. If things go his way, R. Malcolm Jones hopes to be added to that list.

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    "Bobby Fischer Against the World" is Too Much Against Having a Point

    "Good at chess, bad at life"

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  • The Playlist
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    Harvey Weinstein Keeps Hope Alive, Says He Still Wants To Do A 'Rounders' Sequel

    Talk about a sequel for "Rounders" seems to have been around forever, and while movement hasn't really happened at all on a followup to the 1998 film, the prospect of one is still very real. The last time we heard about the possibility of a sequel was late last year when the Weinsteins made a deal with the new owners of their old label, Miramax, to help develop new movies based on a big portion of their back catalog (other films mentioned included “Shakespeare in Love,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Copland,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Swingers,” “Clerks,” “Shall We Dance” and “The Amityville Horror”). And really, we didn't expect to hear anything else but Harvey Weinstein has tossed it back in the ring.

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